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Children's literature emerged as a distinct and independent genre only a little more than two centuries ago. Prior to the mid-eighteenth century, books were rarely created specifically for children, and children's reading was generally confined to literature intended for their education and moral edification rather than for their amusement. Religious works, grammar books, and "courtesy books" (which offered instruction on proper behavior) were virtually the only early books directed at children. In these books illustration played a relatively minor role, usually consisting of small woodcut vignettes or engraved frontispieces created by anonymous illustrators.
New attitudes toward children and their education began to develop in the late seventeenth century, when many educators appealed for greater consideration of children's distinctive needs and when the notion of pleasure in learning was becoming more widely accepted. By the early eighteenth century interest in children's literature (and a rise in literacy) led to new markets and a flourishing of new publishers, particularly in England. Innovations in typography and printing allowed greater freedom in reproducing art through engraving, woodcut, etching, and aquatint, although illustrators were still largely anonymous and illustrations confined to frontispieces.

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Publisher's chromolithographed pictorial wrappers
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Topics: Brothers and sisters, Orphans, Conduct of life, Education
California Digital Library
by Crane, Thomas, b. 1843?; Houghton, Ellen Elizabeth, 1853-1922
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Osborne Coll.
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Topics: Poetry of places, France -- Description and travel Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
by Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902
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Publisher's peach wrappers, printed in red, blue, and black
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Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
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Special Collections copy 1 = Blue cloth over boards blocked in gold and black; upper board partially detached. Gift of Wilbur Jordan Smith. Printed and illustrated label, Paul Jordan Smith, on upper paste-down. 2 other printed labels on upper paste-down, indicating copy 1 is "second issue...with the frontispiece on verso of the half-title, and the first page of Contents printed on the verso of the leaf of Preface." Special Collections copy 2 = Blue cloth over boards blocked in gold...
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Topics: Adventure and adventurers, Mississippi River -- Juvenile literature, Missouri -- Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
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Spec. Coll. copy 1: Green cloth over boards, blocked in gold and black, in case. Ex libris Olive Percival. Gift of Jo Swerling
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Topics: Adventure and adventurers, Mississippi River -- Juvenile literature, Missouri -- Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
texts
eye 28,855
favorite 17
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Osborne Coll.
Topic: Children's poetry
California Digital Library
by Lawson, Lizzie; Mack, Robert Ellice
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Dust jacket; quarter green linen and green illustrated paper inscription dated Christmas, 1886
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California Digital Library
by Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902; Doyle, Richard, 1824-1883
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Osborne Coll.
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Topics: Giants, Giants
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California Digital Library
by Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703
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Publisher's printed yellow wrappers, printed in red and black; wood-engraved vignette on upper wrapper
California Digital Library
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Red printed wrappers; woodcut alphabet printed on inner wrappers
Topics: Animals, Alphabet
Publisher's buff printed wrappers. Laid in blue case with 1830 edition and with dealer's description
Topics: Children's poetry, Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875; Dulcken, H. W. (Henry William), 1832-1894; Bayes, Alfred Walter, 1832-1909; Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902; Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875
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Osborne Coll.
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Topic: Children's stories, Danish
California Digital Library
texts
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Buff printed wrappers
Topic: Children's poetry
California Digital Library
by Isle, June
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eye 10,432
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Brown cloth over boards, blocked in blind and black
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Topics: Christmas stories, Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703
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Unable to feed his seven sons, a poor woodcutter decides to leave them in the forest to die but Hop o' my Thumb, the youngest and smallest, finds a way to rescue his brothers, defeat an ogre, and gain a fortune
Topics: Filicide, Giants
Young Research Library Department of Special Collections
by Burlingham, Cynthia, 1955-; Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts; University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
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"This catalogue was published in conjunction with an exhibition held at UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, April 16 through June 29, 1997"--Verso t.p
Topics: Illustrated children's books, Illustrated children's books
California Digital Library
by Clifford, W. K., Mrs., d. 1929; Campbell, Edith
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Publisher's blue illustrated cloth blocked in black and gold. Purchase, Robert Temple. Gift of the Friends of CBC
Topics: Children's stories, English, Children's poetry, English
Contemporary green printed wrappers
Topic: Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
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Watermarks: "1804" on leaf [8], "TM" on leaf [15]
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Topic: Children's poetry
Spec. Coll. c. 1: Illustrations are hand-colored. Quarter green sheep; grey paper over boards. Inscription on paste-down endpaper: Charles John Buckdale. Given him by his mother - May 30th, 1826
Topics: Conduct of life, Moral education
California Digital Library
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NUC pre-1956
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Topic: Children's poetry
California Digital Library
by De Morgan, Mary; Crane, Walter, 1845-1915; Swain, Joseph, 1820-1909
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The necklace of Princess Fiorimonde -- The wanderings of Arasmon -- The heart of Princess Joan -- The pedlar's pack -- The bread of discontent -- The three clever kings -- The wise princess
Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875
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Publisher's violet sand-grain cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind
Topic: Children's stories, Danish
Moon, M. Tabart
Topic: Fairy tales
Brown cloth over boards blocked in black and gold; marbled edges
Topics: Children's stories, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Chatelain, Clara de, 1807-1876
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Publisher's tan printed wrappers. Gift of Daniel Hirsch, 1997
Topic: Children's stories, English
California Digital Library
by Bennett, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1829-1867
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Osborne Coll.
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Topic: Cats
Hand-colored frontispiece
Topics: Picture books for children, Conduct of life, Children's stories, Maxims
California Digital Library
by Clifford W. K., Mrs., d. 1929; Stanley, Dorothy, Lady, d. 1926
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Publisher's beige cloth over boards, blocked in brown
Topics: Conduct of life, Children's stories, English
California Digital Library
by Planché, J. R. (James Robinson), 1796-1880; Corbould, Edward Henry, 1815-1905; Godwin, James, d. 1876; Harvey, William, 1796-1866; Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902; Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703
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eye 4,918
favorite 10
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NUC pre-1956
Topic: Fairy tales
California Digital Library
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eye 4,786
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Rust colored cloth over boards blocked in gold and black
Topics: Fairy tales, Legends
The Broken vase -- Little Bertram -- Elm Tree Hall -- Belleville School -- Honest poverty -- Integrity, and its reward
Topics: Conduct of life, Children -- Conduct of life, Children's stories
Original wrappers wanting? Half mottled calf and marbled paper over boards; watermark on second flyleaf: 1913
Topics: Penmanship, Children -- Writing
California Digital Library
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Wrappers wanting
Topic: Animals
Mottled calf over boards; in case
Topics: Fables, Folklore, Animals
Tree calf over boards with printed red labels on spines
Topics: Conduct of life, Children's stories, English
California Digital Library
by Harvey, William, 1796-1866
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Osborne Coll.
Topic: Inheritance and succession
The history of A apple pie -- Miss Pussycat's tea party -- This little pig went to market -- Nursery rhymes -- The three bears -- Little Red Riding-Hood
California Digital Library
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Brown cloth over boards blocked in gold and blind
Topics: Children's poetry, Nursery rhymes
Publisher's printed tan stiff wrappers; wood-engraved vignette on upper wrapper; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Arabs, Tales -- Arab countries, Fairy tales -- Arab countries
California Digital Library
by Corner, John
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Ali Baba, or, The forty thieves -- The babes in the woods -- Cinderella, or, The little glass-slipper -- Jack and the bean-stalk -- Jack the giant-killer -- Little red riding-hood -- Puss in boots -- Robin Hood -- The three bears -- Tom Thumb -- Whittington and his cat
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Topic: Fairy tales
California Digital Library
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Osborne Coll.
Topics: Children's stories, Coloring books
California Digital Library
by Cooke, Flora J. (Flora Juliette), 1864-1953
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Quarter brown cloth and buff printed paper over boards
Topics: Children's stories, Mythology, Nature stories
California Digital Library
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Publisher's yellow printed and color-illustrated wrappers; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Giants, Giants
California Digital Library
by Aulnoy, Madame d' (Marie-Catherine), 1650 or 51-1705; Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703
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[v. 1] Prince Desire and Princess Mignonetta -- The beneficent frog / Madame d'Aulnoy -- Blanch and Vermilion -- Toads and diamonds / Charles Perrault -- Graciosa and Percinet / Madame d'Aulnoy -- The Princess Maia / Madame d'Aulnoy -- [v. 2] The white cat -- The master cat, or, Puss in Boots -- Babiola -- Prince Cherry -- [v. 3] Princess Rosetta / Madame d'Aulnoy -- Little Red Riding-Hood / Charles Perrault -- The sleeping beauty in the wood / Charles Perrault -- The fair one with the golden...
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California Digital Library
by Barker, Sale, Mrs., 1841-; Weir, Harrison, 1824-1906; Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902; Sears, Matthew Urlwin, b. ca. 1800
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Red morocco-grain cloth over boards, blocked in black and gold with square paper onlay printed in colors
Topics: Children's stories, Illustrated children's books, Pictures
Osborne Coll.
Topic: Children's poetry, English
California Digital Library
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Publisher's buff printed wrappers; woodcuts on upper and lower wrappers
Topic: Domestic animals
Lacks binding? In folder
Topic: Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
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No. 1 in a collection of sixteen, in two slipcases. [Japanese fairy tale collection]
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Topics: Wealth, Devil, Folklore -- Japan
Osborne Coll.
Topics: Christian literature for children, Children's poetry
BLC
Topics: Illustrated children's books, Gift books, Children's stories, English
California Digital Library
by Pletsch, Oscar, 1830-1888; Heaton, Charles, Mrs., 1836-1883
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Washing baby -- Infancy -- Spitz's education -- The organ boy -- Margaret's garden -- Little May -- Our baby-boy -- Little brook -- Pussy, dear pussy -- Margaret's music -- Summer-time -- First love -- The army's return -- Lady Tabbyskin's ball -- Off to the war -- The fall -- A village maid was I -- The old mill -- Little Daisy
Topics: Illustrated children's books, Children's poetry, English
California Digital Library
by Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902
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The farm yard alphabet -- Tom Thumb's alphabet -- The child's book of trades -- Little stories for good children
Topics: Gift books, Illustrated children's books, Children's stories, English
Publisher's tan printed stiff wrappers; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Conduct of life, Children's stories, English
California Digital Library
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The fox and the cock -- The giant and the dwarf -- The partridge and her young -- The cock and the jewel -- The dog and the shadow -- The dog and the rat -- The beaver and the fly -- The peaches -- The canary-bird and the wasp -- The quarrel among the beasts -- The dog with his master's dinner -- The pigs
Topic: Conduct of life
Welch, D.A. Amer. children's books
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Topics: Chapbooks, American, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Hey, Wilhelm, 1789-1854; Howitt, Mary Botham, 1799-1888; Speckter, Otto, 1807-1871
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Red cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind. All edges gilt. Inscription in blue ink on upper free endpaper, dated April 23rd 1915. Binder's ticket (Remnant & Edmonds) on lower paste-down. Ex libris Olive Percival. Ex libris Elvah Karshner
Topic: Fables, German
California Digital Library
by Taylor, Jefferys, 1792-1853; Aesop
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Half rose beige pigskin and olive green marbled paper over boards
Topics: Fables, Animals
California Digital Library
texts
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Publisher's buff printed wrappers; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Children -- Conduct of life, Picture books for children
Multicolored embossed wrappers
California Digital Library
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Publisher's yellow wrappers. Upper wrapper illustrated in green, red, and black
Topic: Cats
Tan wrappers; woodcut illustrations on outer wrappers: "A tinker", upper, and "A Jew", lower
Topics: Boys -- Conduct of life, Conduct of life
The comical adventure before Jack built his fine house -- The house that Jack built -- Drunken Barnaby -- Dunce's cap -- Taylor and goose -- Jack's study
California Digital Library
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Publisher's color-printed peach wrappers; upper wrapper in black, red, and blue; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
California Digital Library
texts
eye 2,870
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Original printed buff wrappers
Topic: Children's stories
California Digital Library
by Cundall, Joseph, 1818-1895; Absolon, John, 1815-1895; Weir, Harrison, 1824-1906
texts
eye 2,868
favorite 12
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NUC pre-1956
Topic: Children's stories
California Digital Library
by Greenaway, Kate, 1846-1901, ill; Evans, Edmund, 1826-1905
texts
eye 2,865
favorite 16
comment 0
Osborne Coll.
Topics: Nursery rhymes, Children's poetry
Publisher's buff printed wrappers
Topics: Giants, Giants
California Digital Library
texts
eye 2,808
favorite 6
comment 0
Welch, D.A. Amer.Children's books
Topic: Picture books for children -- United States
Quarter red sheep and marbled paper over boards; spine tooled in gold
Topics: Conduct of life, Christian literature for children, Devotional literature
California Digital Library
by Cundall, Joseph, 1818-1895; Absolon, John, 1815-1895; Meadows, Joseph Kenny, 1790-1874; Wehnert, Edward Henry, 1813-1868; Weir, Harrison, 1824-1906
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eye 2,747
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Half red calf and plum cloth over boards. Ex libris C.K. Ogden. Inscription in pencil dated 1870, on upper free endpaper
Topics: Nursery rhymes, Children's stories
Original printed tan wrappers with woodcut illustrations on p.[1] and [4]
Topics: Whittington, Richard, d. 1423, Cats, Folklore -- England
California Digital Library
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Brown cloth over boards, blocked in gold and blind. All edges gilt
Topic: Children's poetry, English